Teen arrested for pointing gun at former Vero Beach Police Chief Jim Gabbard, police say

Weapon was a pellet gun, teen arrested

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - An adolescent boy has been arrested by Indian River County sheriff deputies after he pointed a gun at a retired Vero Beach police officer Thursday afternoon, said Sgt. Thomas Raulen, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Retired Vero Beach Police Chief Jim Gabbard was driving east on 16 th Street near Charter High School when around noon he saw a teen waiting at a Go-Line bus stop with what appeared to be a handgun. As Gabbard drove by the bus stop, the 15-year-old raised the gun and pointed it at him, Raulen said.

Gabbard followed the bus and boarded it at the next stop near Indian River State College. He approached the teen and asked for the gun. As the teen reached into his waistband, Gabbard grabbed the gun, which turned out to be a pellet gun.

The teen was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. He was temporarily booked into the Indian River County Jail. He most likely will be transferred to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice later today, Raulen said.

Raulen said deputies had not been able to confirm whether the teen attends Charter High School.

No one was injured in the incident.  

No other details were immediately available. 

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